In this image taken from aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using a Nikon D2Xs digital camera and a focal length of 62mm you can see the Space Shuttle Atlantis shortly before docking with the International Space Station for the last time on July 10, 2011. About 383 kilometers (238 miles) below you can see parts of the Bahamas.
It was the last mission for the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which ended July 21, 2011, a little over four years ago and also the final mission of the Space Shuttle program. During its active time Atlantis spent over 306 days in space, docked seven times with the Russian Mir Space Station and twelve times with the International Space Station. Altogether Atlantis traveled almost 203,000,000 km (126,000,000 miles), which is more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
More on the Space Shuttle orbiter:
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Did you know that the Soviet Union also had an orbiter program? Take a look at the Soviet Buran space orbiter:
More images of Earth from Space?
If you are interested in space images you should take a look at the
Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth website. It allows you to search and browse images taken from the ISS and other missions and you cannot only download JPG images but also the digital raw files if you are interested in editing them yourself. You can find the website here:
Image credit: Astronaut photograph ISS028-E-15808 Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center http://1.usa.gov/1MrpGPN / Edited by
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